Every Saturday, I host a feature called Kid Konnection -- a regular weekend feature about anything related to children's books. Today, I'm going to share with you some fun books that I'm sure you will be hearing a lot about in the upcoming weeks!
Breathtaking, evocative illustrations by award-winning artist Loren Long at once capture the personalities and achievements of these great Americans and the innocence and promise of childhood.
This beautiful book celebrates the characteristics that unite all Americans, from our nation’s founders to generations to come. It is about the potential within each of us to pursue our dreams and forge our own paths. It is a treasure to cherish with your family forever. -- Knopf
I was so excited to receive a copy of OF THEE I SING: A LETTER TO MY DAUGHTERS by Barack Obama and illustrated by Loren Long. I had seen the cover of the book and I thought it was gorgeous. Plus it just happens to be written by the President of the United States for his daughters. I admit I was a little curious about this picture book and I wondered if it was any good. (Isn't that just awful to approach a book like that?)
I'm happy to say that I really, really liked this book and I highly recommend it to parents and teachers. It's just one of those books that we should be reading to our children. I adored the overall message in this book -- that every child is wonderful and is someone special. But I also loved that this book featured (and paid tribute to) thirteen amazing Americans from George Washington, to Helen Keller to Sitting Bull to Jane Addams. Each page featured a different American hero with a few details on their accomplishments. And in the back of the book, each person was listed with a more detailed (albeit still brief) bio. To me, this book is a great way to introduce some of the great Americans and I hope that by reading it, children will be encouraged to learn more about these individuals.
Not only is it educational, but it is also beautiful. I absolutely love the illustrations by Loren Long. Loren Long is an award-winning and New York Times bestselling artist, and I can clearly see why. I appreciated the images of the famous Americans, and I especially loved the last full page of the book where our country is symbolized through children of all different races, religions, and beliefs -- with all different talents. I found myself getting a little misty-eyed as I read it to Booking Son.
I truly loved OF THEE I SING and it's one of those books that I know we will read over and over again. It's a beautiful tribute to thirteen very important U.S. citizens, but it also has a great message for our children. I hope Malia and Sasha appreciate this book as much as our family did!
My kids and I are so excited that the release date for the new Disney movie Tangled is less than a week away! We've seen the previews and we can hardly wait to go see it. Since my kids have off almost a week for Thanksgiving, my intentions are that we'll fill one of our afternoons at the movie theater. In the meantime, Booking Son has been keeping entertained with a few books that tie into the movie.
The first book that we tackled was DISNEY'S TANGLED: KINGDOM OF COLOR, written by Melissa Lagonegro and illustrated by Jean-Paul Orpinas, Elena Naggi, and Studio IBOIX. KINGDOM OF COLOR is a Step Into Reading book -- Level 1 so I thought it would be perfect for Booking Son. He is just beginning to read and this book had only a few very easy words per page.
He did an excellent job with this book (much to the delight of his mom!), and I thought the words matched up nicely with the pictures. He didn't need much help with the words, but I could see him checking out the illustrations when he was stuck on a word. His only issue with the book is that it was a little too girly for him. Since the book was primarily about colors and Rapunzel, I could understand his issue. I have a feeling that the movie will be more enjoyable to him because of the male characters, Flynn and Pascal the chameleon.
Ideal for very early readers!
TANGLED: A READ-ALOUD STORYBOOK, written by Heather Knowles and illustrated by Jean-Paul Orpinas and Studio IBOIX is a beautiful storybook which tells the story of the movie Tangled. The book closely resembles the classic fairy tale Rapunzel, but it has a few modern updates. This book definitely made me even more excited to see the movie.
I thought this story was fantastic. I really liked reading this book to Booking Son prior to seeing the movie, but I have a feeling that we'll be reading it after we see the movie as well. TANGLED is everything I expect in a Disney story. It has a beautiful princess, a villain, a handsome "prince", action, adventure, humor, etc. I thought this book even had enough suspense to keep young boys interested!
I think TANGLED: A READ-ALOUD STORYBOOK is geared towards elementary age children because the book is relatively long for a picture book. In addition, there are quite a few sentences/paragraphs per page. I found that it was a little long for a bedtime story, so we spread it out over the course of a few nights. I think older elementary age kids will like to read it independently.
Of course, the pictures in this book are gorgeous. TANGLED is chock full of beautiful pictures that appear throughout the book's 64 pages. They represent images from the movie... and you all know that Disney knows how to make beautiful animated classics. I loved all of the colors in the kingdom as well as the detailed pictures of the characters, and there is so much to look at on each page.
TANGLED is a fun story which is guaranteed to entertain youngsters (and their moms!)
Thanks to the publisher for sending me copies of this books.
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